VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX: Red Raiders lead Kansas at the half

Alan Bowman, T.J. Vasher return, lead Texas Tech to 24-3 edge at the break.

Texas Tech took control of its homecoming contest by rolling to 21 points and shutting out Kansas in the second quarter.

As a result, the Red Raiders lead 24-3 at the break despite losing the turnover battle, 2-1 in the first half.

Texas Tech played well in areas the Red Raiders usually play well.

The big news from the beginning of the first quarter was that freshman QB Alan Bowman started, returning from the collapsed lung injury he suffered three weeks ago. Bowman completed 23 of 29 passes for 247 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He found T.J. Vasher, also back from injury, with a well-placed ball in the end zone.

But the Red Raiders also played well in areas where they sometimes struggle.

In particular, Texas Tech stopped a Kansas drive when safety John Bonney forced a Pookah Williams fumble at the Red Raider 5 and linebacker Dakota Allen recovered at the 3. That in and of itself, wasn’t unusual.

The unusual part came when Texas tech went three-and-out and gave the ball back to the Jayhawks in decent field position. That was the recipe for a TCU touchdown last time out. But this time, the Red Raiders got off the field on the Jayhawks’ ensuing possession, in effect erasing two Kansas scoring opportunities.

So the big questions of the second half: Can Texas Tech keep up its momentum and stretch out the lead? And can they do it in time to empty the bench in the fourth quarter?